Since it arrived in the US, the Subaru WRX STI has hovered around 300 horsepower. That was world-class in the early 2000s, but the 2018 model's 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four 305 horsepower output is no longer something to write home about. This week, The Truth About Cars reported that the hottest Impreza might get another slight bump. A NHTSA document lists the 2019 model at all of 310 horsepower, the same output as the limited-run WRX STI Type RA.
Subaru Wrx Sti
The letters W, R and X are often featured on the trunklid of a fast, blue Subaru, but the other important letters for a Subaru are STI – standing for Subaru Tecnica International. The STI motorsport brand brings to mind '90s World Rally Championship victories and Impreza legends such as the wide-bodied 1998 22B, but the division is actually a bit older: STI is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week.
Don't panic, though. Yet.
It's undeniably expensive, but the hardcore Subaru nuts will totally get it (if they can afford it).
Take a look into Subaru's crystal ball.
STI gives you wings.
They do not come cheap.
Common body color, high-end trim and special badge, plus a slideshow of 50 years of Subarus.
The STI now has a whole 310 horsepower!
The carbon fiber roof is just the start.
Mark Higgins may be a daredevil, but this was nearly too much even for him.
Better brakes for the STI and a sunroof-delete option for the WRX.
It's a totally scientific and unbiased analysis of why these cars don't look alike. Totally.
Watch Mark Higgins' in-car video as the driver sets a new record in a heavily-modified Subaru WRX STI around the Isle of Man.